From the time I was a small boy, I’ve had an awareness of God, a hunger. As a teenager, I looked into philosophy, Eastern religions, music, and back-to-nature lifestyles to try to put life in perspective. At eighteen I accepted Jesus’ invitation to come follow him and dedicated my life to him.
Through rebellion and anger I left the Catholic Church and fellowshipped among “independent” Christian churches. In fact, I became a Protestant pastor for twelve years. Independently I tried to listen to God and over many years composed a theology similar to a patchwork quilt; insights and perspectives from various books, speakers, and acquaintances that were oftentimes very good.
While I’m very thankful for all I learned as a Protestant pastor, I became aware that I was not standing on objective truth. Rather, I was standing on subjective truth, truth as I perceived it. This left me with a foundation that was as big as myself. By studying salvation history I discovered that God, as a loving Father, was trying to raise a family, and it was within his family plan that truth was passed on. This realization, among others, led me back to the Catholic Church, the Church founded on Peter and the apostles.
When I returned to the Catholic Church I picked up the narrative thread of my story. I found the form and direction that gave me freedom and life. Accepting and embracing the Catholic Church brought a deep resonance of peace within my soul. For when I picked up the narrative thread of my story, I found that intertwined within that thread was God’s story.
In this series we will look at how God gradually revealed himself to man throughout history, starting with Adam and Eve, then culminating in what would finally become his one holy Catholic Church. Emphasis will be placed on both the role of family and the value of story in salvation history. Both are important in terms of personally and corporately embracing and transmitting the Church’s message. In addition, we will discuss the importance of understanding the big picture within the Bible and introduce a practical way to read the books of the Bible as a contiguous narrative.
You are invited to come on this family adventure. Along the way you will begin to see why God created you and what your future holds. Look for new parts in this series on Saturdays in August.
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Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a Protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. He then quickly became a leading Catholic evangelist and author. Jeff is best known for creating The Great Adventure Bible study programs published by Ascension, which have been used by hundreds of thousands of people to engage in Scripture in a life-changing way. Some of his recent projects include The Activated Disciple, The Jeff Cavins Show (his podcast), and the Great Adventure Bible studies, Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance, and Wisdom: God’s Vision for Life.
This post is an excerpt from “His Story is Your Story” by Jeff Cavins, a chapter in Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God, published by Emmaus Road Publishing. It was published on The Great Adventure Blog—Ascension Blog’s former home—July 13, 2015. For more information on Great Adventure Bible studies, click here.
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